V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) 1. model of excellence; 2. best example of something; (v.) to compare or match up
Synonyms: (n.) model, exemplar, example, monument, archetype, ideal, masterpiece, paradigm, perfection, (v.) compare, match, equate
Tips: Paragon is derived from the Italian paragone, which was a touchstone for testing gold. The idea is that of comparison. One often hears phrases such as "paragon of virtue," denoting a person who has no equal in terms of a particular characteristic. Use paragon as a more sophisticated way of referring to an ideal model or example of excellence.
The client loved the concept for the commercial and called it a paragon of great advertising. (example, paradigm)
Ideally, a hero would be a paragon of courage and virtue. (exemplar, model)
The building is a paragon of architecture; it is a true masterpiece. (ideal, masterpiece, paradigm)
Many economists point to Hong Kong as a paragon of capitalism in Asia. (archetype, ideal)
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